Royal Teeth recently released their first full length album, Glow, and the New Orleans based sextet is currently on the road with Said The Whale. In an interview with Alternative Addiction, Gary Larsen (vocals/guitar) discussed the new record and vocalist Nora Patterson’s impact on the group.
While Royal Teeth initially formed in 2010, the band did not truly start to hone their sound until the addition of Patterson. A talented vocalist, Patterson compliments Larsen nicely on Glow and even takes on lead singing responsibilities on a couple tracks. Royal Teeth is actually Patterson’s first experience as a member in a band, and Larsen commented she’s progressed significantly since first joining the group.
“Nora has stepped up so much in the last few months, especially when we were doing the album. This is her first band ever so this has been such a new experience from the beginning for her. So when we first had her and began touring, she was a lot more reserved and shy about it because of lack of experience really. But everyone knew that she was great and that she had the voice, and it was great to see her personality start to come through.”
Patterson shines brightest on the track, “We Can Glow,” which the female vocalist wrote herself. According to Larsen, it marked an important moment for the band where Patterson truly put her talents on display and took complete creative control. To listen to the song, you can access the following link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ARo4aiOag.
“For ‘We Can Glow,’ I was pretty much was like you (meaning Nora) write this. It was a song where we wanted her to sing the entire thing. I’m pretty sure I don’t even have a vocal on that track. I said this is your song and you can do whatever you want with it; and I think it’s one of the best songs on the album. She really shined through and it was definitely one of the first times where she became a real member in terms of writing and creating.”
Royal Teeth recorded Glow with esteemed producer Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch) earlier this year in Toronto. In only a few weeks, the band went from about thirty songs to eleven, and had completed their debut LP.
“He’s a very in the moment kind of person. He really just let us be ourselves and I think by him doing that, it allowed us to open up and it was easier for us to express ourselves. Sometimes when you’re working with a big team of people, you can lose track of yourself because there’s this whole process going on and you’re almost apart it. Then you have to sit back and realize this is our album; this is us. With him, we never lost sight of that.”
After speaking with Larsen, it’s clear that the band enjoyed their time working with Brown; and given the high quality of Glow, it wouldn’t be surprising if they collaborate with the producer again in the future. Specifically, Larsen and Brown formed a strong working relationship, and Brown even plays piano on the acoustic driven, “Waiting Here For You.”
“Gavin played the piano on that song (‘Waiting Here For You’) and I played acoustic. We did it at the same time, tracked it together, and did the take all the way through. We played it maybe three times tops and every vocal we didn’t piece apart; I sang the song in its entirety…it was so stripped down and we really wanted it to feel that way. It’s those kind of moments that make me like what we did so much more.”
To see if Royal Teeth will be visiting a city near you this fall, visit their website – http://royalteethmusic.com/tourdates